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Since the start, public opinion seems to be that Facebook’s official Android app is, to put it mildly, somewhat inadequate. For starters, having to download two separate apps just to be able to send Facebook messages has been pretty annoying. It would also be nice to be able to choose what sort of notifications are worth one’s attention (as opposed to getting tons of invitations for some pesky game you’re never going to play is downright annoying).
However, despite these issues, the app is functional and you can very well live with the official Facebook Android app; but if you would rather try something better or simply, different, the good news is that there are quite a few alternative Facebook apps for Android that you could download and use instead – and we’ve picked out 8 for you.
#1. Fast Facebook App for Android
Fast has over 8 million downloads and quite a lot of users swear by this Facebook app. One of the major advantages of using Fast for Facebook is that is allows users to pretty much design their own layout with options for customizing the color scheme and the amount of information displayed on the interface.
Fast comes in a very small file that can be saved on your phone directly or on your SD card, and also has some nice security features to protect your privacy. Best of all, it comes with an inbuilt messenger which is a massive positive if you found having to have both a Facebook app and a Facebook messenger app annoying.
#2. Friendcaster for Android
If you’re on of the few people in the world who actually like the regular Facebook app then you could try Friendcaster. It is quite similar to the official Facebook app but is way more stylish, which counts for something I suppose.
Get ready to do a lot of swiping to navigate as this is a strong feature of Friendcaster. There are also some other interesting features like the newsfeed filter which basically permits you to select the sort of news items you would like to see in your feed. Friendcaster also gives you multiple design themes to choose from and multi-account capability etc.
#3. Klyph for Facebook
A dull user interface is apparently a major issue for most people who have used the official Facebook app for Android and we don’t blame them. Klyph’s comparatively sleek and modern looking UI is its biggest selling point and it is hard not to notice the strong resemblance to the Google+ app.
Unfortunately while Klyph is top notch in terms of its design and layout, it does not have quite as much functionality as you might imagine it would. Of all the issues with limited functionality, the lack of chat capability might be the most noticeable and the most irksome. Still, if layout is enough to float your boat, then Klyph should be fine for you.
#4. Mini for Facebook
As the name suggests, Mini for Facebook is a small app which focuses on performance without compromising on functionality. The official Facebook app doesn’t perform too well on low-end devices, and using a browser to access Facebook on your Android phone or tablet is not all that friendly either.
That’s where Mini for Facebook comes in. The app works with all internet connections and even allows you to download videos and photos directly from your Facebook stream. Battery usage is also quite good and we recommend trying Mini for Facebook whether you have a low-end Android device or not.
#5. Metal for Facebook
Metal is another wrapper app for Facebook that is light for good performance and is visually appealing as well. It is fast, and offers additional features like customizing notifications, using floating windows and changing themes.
What we really like is the ability to use Facebook in a floating window atop any other app by simply pulling down the notifications panel and using Metal Everywhere.
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At the moment the app has no ads and even comes with a dark mode option. Since it is built upon Tinfoil for Android (listed below as well), it includes most of those features too.
#6. Alias Facebook Home Launcher
This app is all about convenience for the user (that is you) and we love it for that reason. One of the things that a lot of people reiterate about Alias is the fact that it is a Facebook app that works more like an android launcher, such that your newsfeed, photos and apps are merely a touch of the screen away, depending on what layout and shortcut options you chose.
The thing, though, is that some people may not enjoy having their home screen dominated by Facebook notifications in which case, Alias is probably not for you.
#7. Tinfoil for Facebook
Tinfoil is a wrapper app — an app that is made to enhance the functionality of another app, and thus it doesn’t exactly have any special features to write home about. If you like the official Facebook app then you should get Tinfoil to make up for some of its perceived shortcomings.
The biggest selling point for Tinfoil, apparently is its privacy protection sandbox feature that basically prevents Facebook from tracking your browsing patterns, so for privacy lovers, Tinfoil for Facebook is an app you should try.
#8. Facebook Lite
Facebook Lites is well, light. The app is built to take up little space, with the ability to work on 2g networks and all Android phones. The functionality of the app, given its low end design, is a bit surprising; Facebook Lite has messaging and chat features that even allow you to interact in a group chat.
The app is recommended for people with low-end Android phones or low-bandwidth data connections since it takes up very little space and works well even with limited internet connectivity.
This concludes our list of the Best Facebook Apps for Android and if you guys have any suggestions or recommendations please feel free to comment below and let us know.